Roughly 10 years ago, David Larter was given a new lease on life.
A serious ear infection left him in a coma for 31 days.
"He just barely survived that,'' said Larter's brother, John.
"He was given an extension.''
Sadly, that extension came to a sudden end Monday afternoon as David was walking along his driveway in New Dominion.
A snowplow driver found David lying unconscious in the driveway. Police, paramedics and the North River Fire Department all responded.
David, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene. John says an autopsy was to be performed Tuesday to determine the cause of death.
John noted that his brother had been weak for years, suffering from spinal meningitis, an infection of the fluid and membranes around the brain and spinal cord.
John says since the spinal meningitis left his brother weak and winded, he would not have attempted to shovel his driveway. John believes his brother was likely just walking to his vehicle or down the driveway.
David did odd jobs like painting and small carpentry work.
"He was very likeable,'' said John.
"He would do anything to help you - very easy going...He loved life and he loved his lifestyle and he loved his daughters (Kayla and Elizabeth Bouffard).''
In addition to John, David is survived by siblings Audrey (Lawrance) MacDonald, Mary (Lester) Falls, Allan (Sherry), Brenda (Gerry) Greensmith.
He is predeceased by his parents Vernon and Georgina Larter, sister Verna Wood and brothers Freddie, Harry and Blair and special niece Shelly Wood.
David's body is resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel in Charlottetown.
Visiting hours are Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m.
If so desired, memorials to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.